The wedding ceremony will take place in a small town above Bellagio named Civenna. We recommend staying in Bellagio to be able to experience the beauty of Lake Como. We will provide shuttles to and from Bellagio and Civenna on the wedding day.
Just so there is no confusion, Como is also the name of the biggest town located on Lake Como. Even though you are certainly going to Lake Como, if you just say Como you will end up somewhere different! Guests want to go to Bellagio, not Como.
Here is a great website to get your planning started!
The fastest/easiest option is to fly into Milan (MXP). Then to arrive in Bellagio (or wherever you are staying) there are some options.
You can also fly into Zurich (ZRH) if you would like to enjoy some of the Swiss Alps along your way! Again, you can rent a car, ~3 hour drive or take the train down to Lugano and a bus over to Lake Como ~5.5 hours (Linked here) We have also done this route once before and it too is very manageable.
You may rent a car if you choose but it's not necessary - you can explore most of Lake Como without one! Ferries are the main modes of transportation- they're easy, efficient, and inexpensive. Each town is walkable and there are taxis if you ever need one. However if you don't feel comfortable navigating public transportation with luggage from the airport then a car would be a good option.
There is a plethora of adorable little towns you can stay in all around Lake Como so adventure as you choose! However, Bellagio and the two nearby towns, Varenna, & Menaggio, are some of the main hot spots. If you choose to stay in Varenna or Menaggio the ferry runs all day to Bellagio and only takes 15 min (5 euros each way) to each of these towns. We do recommend staying in Bellagio Saturday night of the wedding, as the ferries stop running between 8pm-11pm depending on where you are staying.
Here are a few we recommend.
We have all of the rooms blocked for us at this hotel. Rates are 140 euros per night for a double, includes breakfast. Please reach out to us if you wish to book. You will not be able to book online. It will state it is full.
Restaurant de l'hotel Florence
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
There are plenty of Airbnbs to choose from- would highly recommend going this route!